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Monday, October 28, 2013

EU mission is expected to arrive in Kyiv amid the discussions regarding Yulia Tymoshenko issue

Mr. Cox and Mr. Kwasniewski, heads of EU mission to
(Image: Modern Ukraine)
Official EU mission represented by observers of European Parliament Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwaśniewski is expected to arrive in Kyiv on Tuesday, 29 October, and will stay in Ukraine till 31 October, according to the official statement of the spokesperson of Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

European observers plan to visit both cities, Kyiv and Kharkov where ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is imprisoned.

During this visit European representatives are aimed to study the situation in Ukraine and the implementation of the important laws and judicial norms and the fulfillment of the agreements made between Ukraine and EU countries in the process of cooperation on the path to European integration of Ukraine. EU representatives have currently stated Ukraine has made a big progress and met most of the conditions but there is still an obstacle for the signing of the Association Agreement with EU in case if the case of imprisoned Yulia Tymosheko will be not resolved.

It’s worth mentioning that EU is expecting Ukrainian authorities to take decision regarding Yulia Tymoshenko case before the Eastern European Summit to be held in Vilnius on 28-29 November which could result in signing of the Association Agreement with Ukraine. Several representatives of the European countries and also some political analysts and specialists think Ukraine has good chances for the signing of this Agreement, but the case of Yulia Tymoshenko needs to be resolved and the selective justice and political oppressions should be eliminated in the country with the special laws to be implemented. The judicial system also needs serious reforms.

Yulia Yumoshenko, Ukrainian ex-Prime
(Image: Wikia)
As for Yulia Tymoshenko she has recently made an official statement claiming she agree with all the possible ways to resolve her case which would be proposed by the European Parliament and EU mission and agreed with Ukrainian authorities. She stated earlier that she will fight for her release and the following political rehabilitation, but at the current stage she is ready for the decision which could be possible hard for her, but which will enable Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement and to start its path towards European values and norms. Mrs. Tymoshenko stated that she will accept any legal decision proposed by the mission of Mr. Cox and Mr. Kwaśniewski during the expected visit to Ukraine. If her release will not be possible there could be a procedure of voting for the special law regarding Mrs. Tymoshenko’s case in Ukrainian Parliament.

It’s also worth mentioning that current President of European Commission José Manuel Barroso and President of European Council Herman Van Rompuy made the statements during the summit in Brussels calling for Ukrainian authorities to resolve the case of Yulia Tymoshenko and to reform Ukrainian judiciary in order to avoid political repressions and politically motivated arrests and trials and to eliminate the so called selective justice. Many Western countries including EU countries and also USA have been also calling for the release of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Thus the mission of the EU on the eve of the November Summit will visit Ukraine on 29 October and the report of the results of the visit and mission is expected to be issued on 12 November.